Moniack Mhor Announces its 5th Jessie Kesson Fellowship
Moniack Mhor Writers Centre, near Inverness, is looking for an established writer to hold the post of Jessie Kesson Fellow for 2014. This will be the fifth year of the residency, which will run for the month of March. Jessie Kesson, born in 1916, was raised in orphanages and worked as a farmhand and domestic servant. She lived most of her life in the north of Scotland, including Abriachan, which is one mile from Moniack Mhor. She wrote about her experiences in such classics as The White Bird Passes, and Another Time, Another Place. Her legacy is not only her books; she is, quite simply, an inspiring individual. The fact she became a successful author is proof that anyone can write, regardless of background or opportunity, and that all lives are worthy of transforming into literature.
The Moniack Mhor Jessie Kesson Fellowship program has been established to provide a writer with the time and space to write, as well as raise awareness of Jessie Kesson in Highland schools. Previous Jessie Kesson Fellowships have been held by Chiew Siah Tei, Lorna Jane Waite, Joan Lennon and Donald Murray.
The successful candidate will live in the cottage at Moniack Mhor and deliver several workshops a week to primary and secondary pupils, focusing on Jessie Kesson’s life and work. They will have some experience working with primary and/or secondary pupils, be willing to participate in an evening literary event, and have a driving licence.
Moniack Mhor is a stunning location with plenty of quiet space and inspirational views. It is a rural setting with the nearest public transport links in Beauly, which sits eight miles from the Centre. The organisation vehicle and bicycles will be made available to the chosen writer during their stay.
Salary: £350 stipend per week (accomodation, but not food, provided)
Deadline: 31 October 2013
A shortlist will be drawn up after 31 October 2013. Chosen writers will be interviewed before the final decision is made in late November/early December. It is highly recommended that applicants attend the interview in person to see where they will be staying. However, we are happy to accommodate applicants from further afield by arranging a Skype or telephone interview.
To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com or post it to Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, IV4 7HT, United Kingdom.
For more details, please contact Kelsey Morse on 01463 741675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.